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Trump Administration Sues California Over Sanctuary State Laws

According to a report from The New York Times, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against California over its new state law banning privately run immigration detention facilities. At the same time, the Trump Administration also announced legal action against New Jersey and King County, Washington. Both of those jurisdictions recently put…

A Gay Asylum Seeker Sought Protection in the United States; the Trump Administration Sent him to Guatemala

According to reporting from Buzzfeed News, an LGBT asylum seeker was recently sent to Guatemala as part of President Trump’s new so-called “Safe Third Country” program. This took place despite the fact that Guatemala—a country that is dealing with considerable levels of poverty and violence—is essentially just as dangerous as Honduras and El Salvador. Here,…

How to Prepare for an Initial Consultation with an Immigration Lawyer

Are you considering hiring an immigration lawyer to help you resolve a legal matter? If so, it is crucial that you are able to find the right legal professional for your specific case. One of the best things you can do is set up a confidential consultation with an experienced immigration attorney. During your initial…

ProPublica: Government Policies and Border Patrol Carelessness are Still Causing Family Separation at the U.S./Mexico Border

On January 31st, 2020, ProPublica published a disturbing account of how the Border Patrol’s heightened legal powers and the agency’s general carelessness have resulted in continued family separations at the southern border. The account that is highlighted in the report paints a very troubling picture of how the Trump Administration is treating vulnerable asylum-seekers.    Families…

Supreme Court Decision Allows Trump Administration’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule to Take Effect

As reported by CNN, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Trump’s public charge rule to take effect across the overwhelming majority of the country. In a 5 to 4 vote, the court’s conservative majority granted the administration’s request for extraordinary relief.  As a result, the public charge rule is currently effective in…

Laguna Beach Agrees to Pay $18,750 to DACA Receipt Who Was Unlawfully Turned Over to ICE in Violation of the California Values Act

According to reporting from the ABC 7 Los Angeles, the City of Laguna Beach will pay $18,750 to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of a local man who was unlawfully detained and held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Edgar Torres Gutierrez was held for more than a dozen hours by the Laguna…

Report: Trump Administration Pushing Travel Ban Expansion—Seven Countries May Be Included

According to reporting from KTLA 5, the Trump Administration has drafted plans to expand its travel ban rules to cover seven new countries. If enacted, the new rules could limit both travel options and immigration options for residents of these seven countries. Below, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer provides an overview of the current reporting…

Associated Press: American Immigration Courts are Overburdened—“Red Tape Gone Crazy”

On January 16th, 2020, the Associated Press published an important story on the growing burdens and logistical hurdles that are being faced in American immigration courts across the country. As part of its reporting, the Associated Press followed immigration lawyers in 11 different cities throughout the United States, including in Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota. What…

U Visa Petitions Dropped By 20 Percent in 2019—Activists Believe the Trump Administration is Largely to Blame

Also sometimes referred to as a ‘crime victim visa’, a U visa provides much needed immigration relief to certain crime victims who cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors. The U visa helps to make our communities safer, as it creates a process that allows undocumented immigrants to work with law enforcement without fear of being…

Appellate Court Ruling: Huntington Beach—and Other Charter Cities—are Not Exempt from California’s Sanctuary State Law

In response to the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and its draconian policies, California became a sanctuary state. Among other things, California provides much needed legal protection to undocumented immigrants by limiting the amount of cooperation between state and local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Unfortunately, since the bill was passed,…
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